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What’s the latest in the John Travolta case?

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Another day, another twist in the John Travolta lawsuit.

“There will be a full trial,” attorney Okorie Okorocha, who filed suit against the actor on behalf of unnamed massage therapists last week, said to the AJC in a very brief email this afternoon.

He elaborated in comments to People magazine.

“I want a full trial with a private judge,” Okorocha told People. “There is no mediation. There’ll never be a settlement. I want privacy for sex crime victims.”

Travolta’s attorney, Marty Singer, characterized the matter as a publicity effort: “People are going to come forward to get their 15 minutes of fame,” Singer told People. “We’ll disprove it, but we need specifics first. It’s hard to disprove something when you don’t have more specific allegations.”

Earlier today, the Radar web site reported that Travolta and ”John Doe #2″ would work things out behind closed doors.

“Both sides will agree to keep all transcripts sealed, as well as all witness statements, depositions, etc.,” Radar reported this morning, citing sources close to the case. “The lawsuit will be heard by a private judge, who will decide how much money if any the accuser will receive. All of the proceedings will be strictly confidential.”

Radar’s source said buttoning down further proceedings “will allow the masseur’s identity from being made public,” since a public trial “would just be a media circus.” Moving forward in secret, the source said, is “the best way for the case to be heard with minimal disruption to John Travolta and the masseur’s life.”

The AJC has left email and telephone messages for Okorocha seeking more information. A week ago, the attorney filed suit against Travolta, on behalf of an unnamed massage therapist. “John Doe” claimed Travolta tried to initiate unwanted sexual contact during a Jan. 16 massage in Beverly Hills. The lawsuit demanded $2 million.

Things quickly fizzled for “John Doe,” though, when Team Travolta released photos and a restaurant receipt showing he was in New York on Jan. 16. Flight records posted on the TMZ web site backed up that timeline. Then “John Doe” released a long, meandering statement to Radar, asking that everyone reserve judgement and wishing Travolta and his associates well.

“John Doe” and his erstwhile attorney soon parted ways, but by that time a “John Doe #2″ had joined the litigation. That plaintiff made similar allegations, stating that the unwanted sexual conduct took place Jan. 28 at an “unnamed Atlanta resort” and also seeking $2 million. Travolta, who was here earlier this year filming “Killing Season,” was spotted in Atlanta Jan. 24, and many times thereafter at various restaurants, a coffee shop, the mall, and other locations.

From the beginning Travolta’s representatives have vowed a vigorous defense and a counter suit.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

46 comments Add your comment

Scary Scary

May 14th, 2012
11:55 am

Two words… Smoke/Fire

jhgd

May 14th, 2012
12:02 pm

to quote vinnie barbarino,”Up your nose with a rubber hose”.

GMONY ROC'S

May 14th, 2012
12:03 pm

mediation=he did it.

miscadverts

May 14th, 2012
12:03 pm

Most mediations are secret, so that is not unusual. But they don’t mean an automatic settlement is on the way. The mediation will give JT a chance to see what evidence Doe has and what it might be worth to a jury. I agree with Scary scary … where there’s smoke there’s fire. The question is whether JT just propositioned Doe or if he bumped it up to touching and man-handling which is where we get the $$$$ settlement. Anyway, JT needs to change his m.o. after this. Good luck doing it.

froggy

May 14th, 2012
12:04 pm

Maybe the judge will quote vinnie,”Who, what”.

Send Donations

May 14th, 2012
12:22 pm

Apparently the regular massage therapist, UGA1999, wasn’t there that day and Travolta got confused.

Scary Scary

May 14th, 2012
12:22 pm

Wish I had JT’s email.
Would send him a link to rentboy.com

Were I JT and the charges were false, there is no way I would respond to this in private mediation. I’d hire lawyers and demand a highly public trial and out the blackmailing lil dirtbag in a huge way.

JT can afford the legal costs (as a matter of fact, he likely has insurance that covers this type of thing).

Eric

May 14th, 2012
12:24 pm

Why go through mediation if Travolta has proof he was not Beverly Hills at the time of the alleged sexual assault?

MrSexton

May 14th, 2012
12:30 pm

Eric,
Your acting like a sweathog. Please try to keep up.

shhh

May 14th, 2012
12:31 pm

The charges from the Atlanta case are probably true. The massage therapists has written evidence that he complained & numerous witnesses and apparently still works at the hotel. The hotel management has already advised the staff not to talk to the media and is also backing up his claims. I think this one will get settled with moulah.

There have been too many complaints going back several years of John Travolta being banned from various spas for his inappropriate behavior. I’m going to assume some of these masseurs have taken up John on his offer in the past as well.

Veer

May 14th, 2012
12:39 pm

Is travolta homo?

jennifer

May 14th, 2012
12:43 pm

Seems like this is an arbitration, not a mediator, since they’re letting a 3rd party give a binding ruling.

Eric

May 14th, 2012
12:45 pm

MrSexton

May 14th, 2012
12:30 pm

Forgive me but I don’t have a lot of experience as you do in homosexual cases. Thanks for your brilliant message.

Dutch2277

May 14th, 2012
12:48 pm

John is hiring a new lawyer Heywood Jablowme.

kate

May 14th, 2012
12:54 pm

This is sad….Travotla gets away with everything because of celebrity and money. He should face his accusers for the sexual assaults. What a coward.

Joe Mama

May 14th, 2012
12:55 pm

Scientology claims to be able to “fix” homosexuality, smoking, cancer and just about everything under the sun. So if Travolta really is gay or bi, it’s hardly surprising that he and the Scienos would want to keep everything hush-hush.

That said, I don’t care how Travolta gets down or with whom.

Cammi317

May 14th, 2012
1:04 pm

Do I believe that he is gay, yep. Do I believe these allegations, nope. I think he has really p.o.’d someone and they are going after him with a vengeance. The sad part is the allegations are something that can never be proven. Only you and your masseuse are in the room, so only the two of you know what did or did not occur. Someone could walk out and say anything happened and there would always be doubt regardless of whether the other party denies same.

Sharon

May 14th, 2012
1:06 pm

I don’t believe it for a minute, and anyone who does is gullible. They pick out a wealthy star, get close to their circle, and then claim whatever they want to get money. Unless they have proof, I wish the stars would just stand up to them.

JET

May 14th, 2012
1:06 pm

He DID IT. The last cast that went to mediation ended in a large settlement even though the Bishop said he was not GUILTY and we all know he did it. WOW I am sorry for these wives. These dirty d*** men can burn.

Sharon

May 14th, 2012
1:06 pm

I heard that Scary Scary is really a cross dresser with AIDS.

Shep

May 14th, 2012
1:08 pm

Who cares about Tavolta, of course he did it why else pay off someone to keep a lid on it. Sickening.

Sharon

May 14th, 2012
1:08 pm

And another thing, if these were really assaults, why not go to the police at the time? Why take money for it like a prostitute? If they were really raped, they’d want him in jail.

Dan

May 14th, 2012
1:12 pm

This story is so incomplete. What it describes is arbitration and doesn’t say a word about mediation, which could result in a settlement that would make the arbitration unnecessary.

Kat

May 14th, 2012
1:39 pm

Eric: Mr. Sexton is correct, and you are acting rather dumb here or perhaps you just play one on TV? The first John Doe’s suit is no longer active due to the receipt, travel information, and so forth. It is “John Doe #2″ (from Atlanta) that is being discussed regarding mediation, arbitration, etc.

So yes, try to keep up.

Kat

May 14th, 2012
1:41 pm

And, to label this as a “homosexual case” is also stupid. Your lack of brilliance is incredible.

Eric

May 14th, 2012
1:41 pm

@ kat

I would love to tell you what you should do, but I’m a real man!

shhh

May 14th, 2012
1:55 pm

Poor Sharon, deep in denial. There’s been allegations of this type of behavior going back to the 80’s. JT lived with a porn star named Paul Barresi for 2 years in the 80’s. There’s photo of him kissing a man on a plane. This man turned out to be a photographer Jeff Kathrain who found the body of JT’s son when he had his seizure. At that time, they called him the family caretaker (which is the only time he was ever called that)

There’s been numerous reports about Travolta and spa with a book written in 2010 called “You’ll never Spa in this town again.” He described Travolta as: “A Gay-Sex Fanatic At L.A. Spas. Randoph says he witnessed the action at City Spa & Health Center, 5325 West Pico Blvd., during the many recent years he has been a member there.

He even describes the kind of men Travolta likes (dark and Middle Eastern).”

SO what

May 14th, 2012
1:59 pm

People inside Hollywood have known Travolta is gay/bi for years. So what? It doesn’t mean these allegations are true. If they are, then he will have to compensate his victim. If they are false, then he deserves a handy-dandy apology.

trizzle

May 14th, 2012
2:41 pm

if this is true, there should be no compensation, just jail time for a CRIME that was committed. I highly doubt it’s true, I’m sure we are missing the complete picture and are only going off of what we read in the media. Money? for what? because your a broke a$$ and need to make it off the back of someone else? That just makes you a loser.

Mak Gorrin

May 14th, 2012
2:42 pm

“There have been too many complaints going back several years of John Travolta being banned from various spas”

It sounds like this has been going on, I have only read 1 case of 1 spa allegedly banning him, but later allowing him back. Do you have links that support this happening multiple times?

woodrow

May 14th, 2012
2:42 pm

This is B S. There will be no mediation. There will be nothing except these bozos perjuring themselves and getting their arses handed to them in court by the lawyers of the accused.

Johnny Tuff

May 14th, 2012
2:44 pm

“He should face his accusers for the sexual assaults. What a coward”

How do you face John Doe? Who’s the coward here?

kate

May 14th, 2012
2:45 pm

Travolta has no right to touch anyones junk…and no right to humiliate or degrade others with his behaviour…not above the law.

kate

May 14th, 2012
2:49 pm

also to Johnny Tuff…in court you face your accusers irregardless of the publication ban, victims do not need everyone to know Travolta degraded himself and them. John Doe is for publication. John Dop did not do the crime. That would be the other John, who cannot control his sexual impulses.

Really?

May 14th, 2012
2:49 pm

I thought he already tried to work things out behind closed doors… HA! And Sharon… please dig your head out of the sand… we’re tired of looking at your butt.

Jeremy J

May 14th, 2012
3:09 pm

Travolta should just come out and admit that he is gay or bi.

Rod

May 14th, 2012
3:16 pm

Lots of “Experts” here.

If you’ve posted that he’s guilty or innocent – YOU’RE AN IDIOT!

That’s because none of the facts are out and you don’t know squat!

Queen Bee

May 14th, 2012
4:07 pm

how can you change an m.o. when you don’t have one? Just another idiot trying to achieve 15 minutes of fame.

Stevcue

May 14th, 2012
4:32 pm

It is so interesting because I think of all those in Oprah’s inner circle who she had on her show on a regualar basis and who were all good friends of hers: Tyler Perry, Mayo Angelo, John Travolta, Rosie O’Donnell, Suze Orman, and Gayle King including Oprah herself!!! All of whom I think are Gay or bisexual. Just my opinion.

Cookie Monster

May 14th, 2012
5:14 pm

Stevcue

Who is Mayo Angelo?

Terri

May 14th, 2012
6:03 pm

So many people think they “know” it’s true. Exactly How do you idiots know? So much fun bashing celebrities, isn’t it?

The Closet

May 15th, 2012
12:23 pm

Personally I think you’re ALL homos. Get a life.

John Travolta

May 15th, 2012
6:28 pm

Look whose talkin’…..in my pants!

John Travolta

May 15th, 2012
6:33 pm

Look who’s talking…in my pants

Debbie

May 15th, 2012
7:17 pm

This can’t be the first time this massage therapist has had this happen to him. Is he suing all of the other past clients that have made unwanted advances towards him? And if not, as I suspect, then why not? Why just the rich, celebrity client?

download

May 17th, 2012
1:54 pm

whats your twitter?